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Aaron Hill back from two-game absence
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill returned to the starting lineup Tuesday at Cincinnati after missing two straight starts due to a hand injury. Hill is batting .400 (16 for 40) with two home runs, five doubles and six RBI in his last 11 games.

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Manny Parra dealing with back injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Reds reliever Manny Parra is dealing with a back injury and might not be available to pitch Tuesday vs. Arizona, manager Bryan Price told reporters. Parra hasn't allowed a run in his last 18 appearances (8 2/3 innings) and has eight holds in that span.

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Eric Hosmer hopes to pick up where he left off Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A hand injury that has prevented Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer from earning an at-bat for nearly a week will not keep him out of the batter's box Tuesday against Minnesota. He's back in the lineup.

Hosmer, who sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch on July 20, was on a roll before going down. He owned a 16-game hitting streak with six doubles and two home runs.

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Jayson Werth sits out Tuesday due to ankle injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins due to an ankle injury suffered Monday. Werth had anticipated he would be in the lineup Tuesday.

Werth is batting .360 with a .478 on-base percentage, .747 slugging percentage and 1.225 OPS in 21 July games. He also has six home runs, 11 doubles, 17 runs, 23 RBI and 14 walks this month.

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Struggling Chris Davis out of Tuesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A miserable slump has Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sitting Tuesday against the Angels. Steve Pearce is set to play first base.

Davis has just four hits in his last 28 at-bats and owns a .199/.309/.391 stat line on the season. He has just two multi-hit games since June 11 and 123 strikeouts in 317 at-bats this year.

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Marlon Byrd held out of lineup for day off, not due to trade
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd, who is being mentioned in trade rumors, received a scheduled day off Tuesday at N.Y. Mets. He was not held out of the lineup because of an impending trade, according to ESPN.

Byrd, who had four singles Monday, is batting .287 with three doubles, five home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs in 24 July games.

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Lonnie Chisenhall back into lineup against Mariners
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Indians slumping third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has returned to the lineup for the Tuesday game against visiting Seattle. He had been out since Friday with an illness.

Chisenhall has struggled since his May and June tear. His average has fallen from .393 to a season-low .313 since June 14. He has three hits in his last 26 at-bats.

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Report: Royals might go after Bartolo Colon or A.J. Burnett
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Royals are considering making a run to acquire Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon or Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, major-league sources told the New York Daily News.

However, a major caveat is that the Roayls might not be able to add to the payroll to acquire either pitcher, but that will be determined in the coming days. The Royals' evaluators, however, are said to like both veteran pitchers.

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Coco Crisp sidelined against Houston
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

As expected, Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp remains out of the lineup for the game Tuesday in Houston with a neck injury.

Crisp, who could also miss the back end of the two-game series, has not played Saturday.

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Report: Pirates a team emerging in trade talks for Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, major-league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

The Red Sox are targeting multiple high-end prospects in exchange for Lester. The Pirates have a deep farm system and outfield prospect Josh Bell is one name at the center of the trade talks.

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